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Love Maach Bhaath? Here are the Best Places to Get Your Hilsa Fix this Monsoon

Raisa posted on 05 July

Ten-Second Takeaway

Celebrate the Queen of the River, Hilsa aka Ilish, at these food festivals that will leave your tastebuds begging for more. Achari, Tel, Cutlet, Shorshe Ilish – we found them all.

Sundarbans Hilsa Festival

Tour the Sundarabans this Monsoon and get up close and personal with Hilsa in its natural habitat. The tour starts in Kolkata and takes you along the scenic river routes and of course they lay out elaborate Hilsa lunches. Fresh fish straight from the river makes for awesome lunch and all the Hilsa fix you need.


When: Every Friday of July and August

Where: Sundarbans

Time: 2 nights and 3 days

Pocket Pinch for Two: INR 1000+

National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries

South 24 Parganas, West Bengal

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    6 Ballygunge Place

    The masterchefs of 6BP are set to once again make magic with Ilish this year at their Hilsa festival. On the menu are Ilish Machher Cutlet, Achari Ilish Kumror Doga Diye and the innovative Anaras Ilish. They also have Ilish thalis which come complete with Ilish macher tel, Ilish macher dim bhaja, Chachra and Bhapa Ilish. The ultimate fish-ey happiness!


    When: Aug 2 to Aug 17

    Where: All outlets of 6BP

    Time: 12.30 pm – 3.30 pm for lunch and 7 pm – 10.30 pm for dinner

    Pocket Pinch for Two: INR 1000+

    Casual Dining

    6, Ballygunge Place, Ballygunge, Kolkata

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    Right through the year Kasturi serves up some delectable Hilsa creations which taste even better in the monsoon when Hilsa is in season. We love the Smoked Boneless Hilsa, and the interesting Hilsa Dhakai Korma, and the traditional Bhaapa Shorshe Hilsa. They also have a Hilsa biryani served on occasion which is worth giving them a call for.


    Where: Marquis Street, New Market area.

    Anil Maitra Road.

    Time: 12:30 PM to 11 PM

    Pocket Pinch for Two: INR 500+

    Casual Dining

    7-A, Mustaque Ahmed Street, New Market Area, Kolkata

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    Oh! Calcutta

    Known for some of the most delicious Bengali food in Kolkata, Oh! Calcutta serves a Mochar Hilsa in banana leaf which will literally melt in your mouth. The Smoked Hilsa, a dish adapted from the British Raj, is served with fries and vegetables. For all the mango-lovers out there, the Aam Aachar Ilish is a must-try. Get your hands dirty and really enjoy a heavenly ‘Bangali’ lunch.


    Where: Forum Mall

    Time: 12.15 pm – 3.30 pm for lunch and 7 pm – 11 pm for dinner

    Pocket Pinch for Two: INR 2000+

    Fine Dining

    Forum Mall, 4th Floor, 10/3, Elgin Road, Elgin, Kolkata

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    Bhojohori Manna

    Ilish Pathuri, Smoked Hilsa, Steamed Mustard Hilsa… try the classics at one of the oldest and most renowned Bengali restaurants in the city. The steamed dish comes in a divine gravy of mustard paste and mustard oil. Also check out their special Hilsa fish head preparations for an authentic feel of Bangaliyana.


    Where: Ekdalia Road

    Salt Lake

    Hindustan Road

    Time: Noon – 10:30 pm for dinner

    Pocket Pinch for Two: INR 600+

    Casual Dining

    CF 206, Sector 1, Salt Lake, Kolkata

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    Be prepared to get your hands messy while eating!